Hualien on the East Coast of Taiwan is an underrated scenic region with lush mountains and a stunning coastline. It is the perfect road trip destination for anyone who adores the beauty of nature and outdoor activities. Here are 26 awesome things to do in Hualien.
Taitung on the East Coast of Taiwan is not the easiest area to reach. Most international travelers on a short itinerary often overlook Taitung for that reason. Is it worth visiting despite its inaccessibility? Well, the most beautiful things are always hidden and hard to reach. You may agree after reading this article on things to do, eat, and see in Taitung.
Orchid Island, or Lanyu, is Taiwan’s Southeasternmost end. It might be only a two-hour ferry ride away from Taitung, but it feels a world away. The island boasts an untainted turquoise ocean inhabited by coral reefs and tropical fish. No wonder why Lanyu is the best scuba diving destination in Taiwan! On its land, Taiwan’s most unique indigenous Tao still maintains their traditional culture by living in underground houses, building a canoe and catching flying fish. If any of these fascinates you, read on.
A magnificent marble gorge carved by the turquoise river stream, plunging canyons in varying shades of gray, and soaring cliff with luscious forest. Featuring this dramatic scenery and pristine nature, Taroko Gorge trails are the most beautiful and desirable hiking destination in Taiwan.
Zhuilu Old Trail is the crown jewel of Taroko Gorge hiking. Narrowly carved 700m above the canyon floor, the track features an absolutely magnificent (and hair-raising) view of marble gorges from a soaring cliff. A hiker or not, anyone visiting Taroko Gorge near Hualien, Taiwan, should not miss out on this hiking experience like no other. Learn how to apply for a permit and everything else you need to know.
Sun Moon Lake Taiwan is a mystic alpine lake near Taichung. Ever since my first visit five years ago, it has been my favorite place in the country. Follow my guide to see things to do & how to get to Sun Moon Lake. You won’t want to miss it!
As one of the Eight Views of Taiwan, Sun Moon Lake’s picturesque scenery is not to be missed. This itinerary suggests how to spend three days around Sun Moon Lake near Taichung, including Puli Paper Dome, Jiji station, Assam Tea Farm, and Chung Tai Chan Monastery.
Only a stone’s throw away from Taipei, Beitou Hot Spring is an urban retreat for the locals and travelers looking to rejuvenate their tired body and soul. This guide covers the best hot springs in Beitou – both private and public options. Besides basking in thermal water, Taipei’s suburb on the foot of Yangmingshan also presents lush green hills, mountaintop teahouses, cultural heritage sites, and many other things to do.
Wulai (or Urai) is a small mountain village best known for its natural thermal water and rich aboriginal culture. But this quaint town offers more than Wulai Hot Spring. And its proximity to the capital city makes it one of the best day trips from Taipei.
If you are a foodie visiting Taiwan, you may have heard of Yong Kang Street in Taipei. This happening neighborhood is filled with the country’s best restaurants, cafes, teahouses, bars, and shops. This article includes many of my favorite Yongkang Street food, desserts, cafes, and teahouses, as well as bars. Also, add Yongkang Street shopping spots to your itinerary as you will need to digest everything you eat.